Endless Summer Series : Apo Reef Travel

Video by Fashion Photographer and Visual Artist, Rob Leung

Music by Flight Facilities – Heart Attack feat. Owl Eyes (Snakehips Remix)

Welcome to one of the most beautiful islands named Apo Reef! Situated in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, it is considered to be the largest coral reef in the Philippines and the second largest coral reef in the world.

The 34-square kilometers Apo Reef has the best diving spots in the world and is known for its soft white sand, patches of fine corals and crystal blue waters. Its ocean is simply breathtaking and definitely a marvelous sight to see. You might also spot the milkway here!

Witness the best view of sunset and enjoy yourself with fun-filled activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, bird watching, dolphin watching, reef cruising, kayaking, trekking and lagoon rafting. One can even experience rare marine species sighting like turtle monitoring, sharks and other pelagic underneath.

To know more about Apo Reef, visit www.apo-reef.com

Where to stay

Budget:
La Sofia Appartelle – P. Urieta St., Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

Close to the town plaza, and comes with free WiFi.
Air conditioned room for 2 pax (choice of two single beds or one twin bed): P750 per night
Room without private bathroom : P450 per night

For bookings and reservations : https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Hotel_Review-g2094771-d2078873-Reviews-La_Sofia_Apartelle-Sablayan_Occidental_Mindoro_Province_Mindoro.html

Standard:
Adventure Camp – Punta, Barangay Poblacion

Near the coastline and guests are mostly families and barkadas.
Air conditioned room for 2 pax: P800 per night

For bookings and reservations : www.sablayanadventurecamp.com

Luxe:
Apo Reef Club – Concepcion, San Jose, Mindoro

Facilities:
– Air-conditioned bungalows with hot and cold running water
– Three beachfront singles
– Two duplex units
– One native-style bungalow for a rustic experience
– Bar
– Fully-stocked restaurant offering a variety of local and European specialties
– First-class dive center
– Massage

For bookings and reservations : http://www.aporeefclub.com

How to get there

Air Transportation:

Time of Travel: 45 minutes
Point of Arrival: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
Domestic Carriers: Airphil Express, Cebu Pacific, Zest Air

Upon arriving in Mindoro, the land trip to Sablayan will be around two to three hours.

Land/Sea Transportation:

Time of Travel: 2 ½ -3 hours
Point of Arrival: Batangas to Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro
Domestic Carriers: Montenegro, Besta

*Cheapest is to go to Batangas Port, then catch a ferry to Abra de Ilog for another 2 ½ hours, another 3 hours by Roro Bus, Dimple Star Bus or vans to Sablayan

Point of Arrival: Sampaloc, Manila to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
Domestic Carriers: Dimple Star Buses

*Fare to Sablayan is inclusive of the ferry and terminal fee in Batangas Port, last trip is 8PM from Sampaloc


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